PMC To In­stall So­lar Power Plants To Save Cost On Elec­tric­ity

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Pune Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion (PMC) can save around ` 1 crore an­nu­ally on elec­tric­ity bills, thanks to the civic body’s plan to in­stall so­lar power plants on civic prop­er­ties. As many as 14 rooftops so­lar plants will be set up on PMC build­ings. The stand­ing com­mit­tee ap­proved the pro­posal last month. The civic body spends around ` 4 crore an­nu­ally on pay­ing elec­tric­ity bills of var­i­ous prop­er­ties owned by the civic ad­min­is­tra­tion. The ca­pac­ity of th­ese plants ranges be­tween 100 MW and 500 MW. PMC will have to pay ` 3.62/kWh to use elec­tric­ity gen­er­ated from th­ese plants. The pro­posal states that the com­pany will mon­i­tor, op­er­ate and main­tain the plants for 25 years. The plants will be set up with the help of So­lar En­ergy Cor­po­ra­tion of In­dia (SECI). PMC will carry out the project on the lines of Re­new­able En­ergy Ser­vice Com­pany (RESCO). Ac­cord­ing to PMC of­fi­cials, Pune was in­cluded in a list of ‘so­lar cities’ in 2016. It is an ini­tia­tive of Min­istry of New and Re­new­able En­ergy. Ma­ha­rash­tra En­ergy De­vel­op­ment Agency (MEDA) is co­or­di­nat­ing the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the project.

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